Sunday, 27 April 2014

Death By the Book - Julianna Deering

Drew Farthering seems to be involved in another case of intrigue and murder. A trip to his solicitors office find's the affable young man face to face with the body of the legal aide.

Detective Birdsong none too pleased to have the amateur detective on board, also appreciates that Drew may actually be useful. Ensuring that he is informed of all ideas and thoughts the young man may have, the investigation begins.

Useful (to have on board) especially as the murder made a statement by stabbing the victim with a hatpin to which a cryptic note was attached. Both men start to decipher the message when another body turns up - this time publicly on a golf course.

As far as anyone is concerned there is no connection between the men, or is there?

Meanwhile back at Fathering Place, Drew's hopefully to be fiance Madeline, is entertaining Miss. Jansen; Madeline's aunt from America. She's not keen on the 'silver-tongued' gentleman and is looking out for her nieces' honor. Is this Drew a suitable match? Having a few murders on his doorstep (one quite literally) isn't shedding a good light on him.

Even though the police make an arrest, Drew is not convinced that they have the right person. He needs to make certain of one thing - who ordered a book on crimes and didn't pick it up?

Set in the 1930s, this murder mystery has all the feel of the an Agatha Christie classic. It's characters are well thought out - from the dashing lead to the formidable aunt. There are no heroics, just a captivating thriller that slowly but beautifully unravels to its surprising ending.

Deering's whodunit is consuming and riveting. The touches of humour, candour and insight into the human psyche are subtle, thought-provoking and brilliant. The author has created characters and storylines that are sure to become classics. A highly recommended read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.

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